Green is the color of 2015 (Guilford Green, to be precise), and it is very powerful symbolically. A lot of the concepts it represents reflects its role in nature: green reassures us on a primitive level, representing fertility, abundance, growth, renewal, and rebirth. Green is a great color to use in your house, but most people underuse it because they’re not sure how to best utilize the tricky hue. Green is relaxing to our eyes, but it can also be perceived as bland if you don’t use it correctly. But there are simple tricks to building up your confidence before you master the color:
Add a little green.
If you’re not sure you want to make your entire room earth-toned, start from the bottom and work your way up. A rug is the perfect way to get one big burst of green into a room and see how it looks. And you can move a rug from room to room as you decide where it looks best. Once you find the perfect place for it, add a few more green accessories – throw pillows, coordinating dishes, and a green runner depending on the room. Soft green flowers like Lenten roses in a vase will be the perfect finish to your room.
Don’t worry about clashing.
From lime green to sea foam, there is a perfect shade to compliment any room. In fact, a green sofa or armchair can blend in with any color combination. The addition will add a colorful pop to the room without making it look goofy.
Green is perfect for any room – it can restore depleted energy in your bedroom, promote tranquility in your living room, prompt creativity in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go all in – you can use a soft spring-green for the walls, buy a bottle-green glass chandelier, and ground the color scheme with an antique dining table made of a darker wood.
Be Friends with Blue.
Green and blue are not too close on the color wheel to use as your primary decorating colors. Pairing robin’s egg blue with brighter green furniture will give your room a botanical feel, that you can amplify with plants, decorative pinecones, and leaves pressed in picture frames.
Go big or go home.
If you’re going to try green, why not try a bold color like ripe avocado? The food-themed color will be perfect in your kitchen, where the natural light streaming in through the windows will bring out the color’s warmer tones. Painting the surrounding trim white will help keep the color bright as the sunlight shifts it from yellow-toned to green throughout the day.
Skip the pink and blue.
If you’re expecting, try green for the nursery. It’s not only a great gender-neutral color, but green can have a calming effect just as much as blue can. In fact, TV shows usually have their guests wait in the “green room” to relax before they go on-air. You can try a hue like Fresh Cut Grass as your base, and decorate the rest of the room in fun colors like fuchsia, orange, and aqua.
Add a lot of green…
If you’re feeling more confident or just really love the color, put together an all-green room. It can work without getting overwhelming as long as you create a layered look. You just have to mix your hues. Whichever room it is, olive green, evergreen, lime green, and jade can all be pulled together whether it’s through curtains and bedding or upholstery and throw pillows.
…by layering strategically.
When layering one color in a room, you have to mix your patterns. Small polka dots, large floral patterns and medium-sized geometrics will harmonize better than you can imagine as long as you have a few solid-colored pieces to unite them. Varied textures are good too – a velvet headboard, a woolen carpet. When you’re finished, you’ll have a great-looking green oasis.